Namibia

The scenery in Namibia is truly spectacular, and this is what most people visit the country for.

The dunes at Sossusvlei are probably the most famous landmark, and the Fish River Canyon in the south is the second largest in the world. The stunning beauty of the Namibrand and Tirasberge features rugged mountain ranges, and grassy plains where to the north there are rocky inselberg formations (Spitzkoppe being the most well known).

To the north the Caprivi/Zambezi region is completely different that the rest of the country, with lush riverine forests and a healthy wildlife population. Etosha National Park is equally impressive for game, and in the dry season the waterholes in this park can yield spectacular game viewing.

Damaraland and Kaokoland offer the opportunity to see the desert adapted elephants and rhinos. Namibia’s coastline is over 1500km long, and the picturesque town of Swakopmund features on many an itinerary. The more remote Skeleton Coast is more suited to guided trips, although the Cape Cross seal colony is easily accessible to the self-drive visitor. For the adventure seeker, Namibia’s coast is a must.

Namibia has lots to offer culturally too – from visits to Himba villages in Kaokoland to interaction with the San in Bushmanland in the east of the country. There are also several ‘living museums’ which give a fascinating insight into local traditions and culture, and many of the campsites in Namibia are run successfully by the local communities.

Accommodation in Namibia is excellent value for money, with many guest houses, game farms and lodges. For those who want a bit of luxury, there are some very fine upmarket lodges in exquisite locations. The country has some beautifully located campsites too, and many of the towns scattered throughout the country have small bistros and cafes – a perfect destination for the self-drive tourist.

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Electricity

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances. Such adapters…

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Banking

CurrencyNamibia uses the Namibian Dollar (N$) this is linked on a one to one exchange with the South African Rand. The Rand is legal tender in Namibia,…

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Cuisine

Traditional Namibian cuisine is rarely served and so the food at restaurants tends to be European in style and is, generally, of a very high standard. Namibia…

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Climate

Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world’s driest deserts, Namibia’s climate is generally very dry and pleasant – it’s fine to visit all…

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Transport

Public transport in Namibia is geared towards the needs of the local populace, and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although…

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Dress

Namibians have a somewhat relaxes attitude to dress codes. A jacket and tie is very unusual. In fact, long trousers and a shirt with buttons are often…

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Regions

Aus

Perched above the plains of the Namib Desert and tucked away in the rocky Aus Mountains, the small village of Aus is located in the ǁKaras…

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Bushmanland

Situated in northeastern Namibia, Bushmanland is infamous for its spectacularly scenic rugged terrain. It is home to the San and Bushmen people, the earliest known inhabitants…

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Central Namibia

Encompassing the bustling capital city of Windhoek, and the laidback seaside towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Central Namibia features an array of towns, deserts and…

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Damaraland

Damaraland was established as a self-governing homeland for the Damara people when Namibia was under South African control. This homeland was abolished in 1989 when Namibia…

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Erongo Mountains

Conveniently located only a few hour’s drive from Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek, the Erongo Mountain Range stretches across the plains between the towns of Omaruru…

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Etosha East

Located in Northwestern Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most…

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Etosha National Park

Situated in northwestern Namibia, the Etosha National Park offers a premier game viewing experience. The park’s diverse vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting…

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Etosha South

Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. Ogava Private…

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Etosha West

Situated in the western part of Etosha National park, Etosha West is a new addition to this world-famous wildlife sanctuary. Formerly a restricted area the wilder…

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Fish River Canyon

Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry…

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Kalahari Namibia

Spreading across Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, the Kalahari meaning 'the great thirst' is an exceptionally beautiful living desert. The landscape is characterised by a large…

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Kalahari North

Situated east of the capital city of Windhoek, the area of the Kalahari North can be found in the northeastern reaches of Namibia. The expansive Kalahari…

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Kunene

Bordering Angola in northern Namibia, Kunene is a region as well as the name of a river, which is one of just five perennial rivers in…

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Kwando River

Meandering through the spectacular Caprivi Strip in northwest Namibia, the Kwando River rises from the central Angolan highlands forming the boundary between Namibia, Zambia and Angola….

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Mahango Game Reserve

Bordering Botswana, the small Mahango Game Park provides a convenient stopover between Rundu and Katima Mulilo. It forms part of the beautiful Bwabwata National Park. The…

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Mamili National Park

Mamili National Park also known as Nkasa Lupala National Park holds the distinction of being the largest wetland with conservation status in Namibia. This biodiverse landscape…

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Mariental

Situated in south central Namibia, fringing the Kalahari Desert, the city of Mariental lies along the TransNamib railway and serves as the Hardap Region’s commercial and…

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Namib-Naukluft National Park

Stretching almost 50000 square kilometres across the red-orange sands of the Namib Desert over the Naukluft Mountains to the east, the Namib-Naukluft National Park is Africa’s…

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NamibRand Nature Reserve

Spanning an area of 172,200 hectares and encompassing four distinct ecosystems, the Namib Rand Reserve is among the largest privately owned game parks in Southern Africa….

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Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park

Located north of the Namib Naukluft National Park, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park boasts a rich history, spectacular landscape, and abundant desert wildlife. The strikingly beautiful…

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Northern Namibia

Northern Namibia extends across the remote Kunene River in the west of the country to the densely populated region of Ovamboland in the northeast. Central Ovamboland…

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Okavango River

The Okavango River is the fourth-largest river system in southern Africa. Starting in Angola, it runs southeastward into Namibia and forms part of the Angolan/Namibian border….

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Onguma Game Reserve

Situated east of Etosha, bordering Fisher's Pan, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia's best-kept secrets. The reserve offers visitors the opportunity to experience Africa in…

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Opuwo

Opuwo, meaning 'the end' in Herero, lies in the north western Kunene region of Namibia. It serves as the capital of the region and is known…

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Palmwag

Palmwag is a nature reserve idyllically located along a palm-lined tributary of the Uniab River. Water is scarce in this area, so the river’s presence often…

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Purros

Situated in the wild north western Kunene region in Namibia, the Purros area, also known as ‘Puros’, features arid semi-desert terrain characterised by a blend of…

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Skeleton Coast

Stretching from the Swakop River to southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast is known as the 'Land God Made in Anger' and is remoteness at its best….

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Sossusvlei

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast…

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Southern Namibia

Southern Namibia offers a harsh but beautiful environment stretching from the Orange River up to the Central Namibian highlands, Southern Namibia is epitomised by vast, slowly…

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Spitzkoppe

Situated in Namibia’s spectacularly scenic Namib Desert, between Usakos and Swakopmund, the Spitzkoppe are a group of bald granite peaks forming one of Namibia’s most recognizable…

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Swakopmund

Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded…

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Twyfelfontein

Around Twyfelfontein there are several attractions including the famous rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, the Organ Pipes (a mass of angular dolerite columns), the Petrified Forest (approximately…

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Walvis Bay

Situated along Namibia's spectacular coastline, just south of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay (Whale Bay) is a thriving town, Namibia’s principal harbour and one of the country’s most…

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Waterberg Plateau National Park

Situated in north central Namibia and named for the springs that emanate from its foothills, the Waterberg Plateau National Park is a fascinating geological site featuring…

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Windhoek

Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora…

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